‘No cor­rupt per­son will get NRO,’ PM Khan vows in ad­dress to the na­tion

The Miracle - - Pakistan -

Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan ad­dressed the na­tion through a video mes­sage on Wed­nes­day, re­as­sur­ing peo­ple re­gard­ing the steps taken by his govern­ment to tackle the eco­nomic hard­ships faced by the coun­try. Be­gin­ning his ad­dress with the “good news” about the fi­nan­cial pack­age the govern­ment has se­cured from Saudi Ara­bia, he said: “We were try­ing for many days to get rid of this bur­den placed on us of the debt. We had to pay back our debts oth­er­wise we would have been faced with de­fault.” “We have got an amaz­ing pack­age from Saudi Ara­bia... which has taken off the bur­den.” He said had the govern­ment ap­proached the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) for a bailout di­rectly, it would have to bor­row more money that would re­sult in an in­creased im­pact on the poor seg­ments of so­ci­ety. “So our ef­forts were geared to­wards get­ting loans from friendly coun­tries,” he said, adding that now even if the govern­ment goes to the IMF, it won’t need as big a pack­age from the lender. The pre­mier said his govern­ment is in talks with two more coun­tries, “and we ex­pect a sim­i­lar pack­age from them”. If that is se­cured, he said, the bur­den of the loans on the salaried class will be min­i­mal. Khan, whose ad­dress came a day af­ter his visit to Saudi Ara­bia, also an­nounced that Pak­istan is try­ing to play the role of a me­di­a­tor in the Yemen war in­volv­ing the King­dom.“We are now try­ing our best to the play the role of a me­di­a­tor in end­ing the [Yemen] war,” he said, adding that Pak­istan will try to play to its role in end­ing con­flicts in the re­gion and “bring all Mus­lim coun­tries to­gether”.

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